How did the relationship between monetary markets and governments evolve over time in the pre-modern Islamic Middle East? This is one of the questions that will be addressed in this panel that is centered on coins and commerce in the medieval Islamic world. Topics explored will include the application of Gresham’s Law in the pre-modern Middle East, the interrelationship between government and the monetary markets, the role of money in rural areas, and the relationship between governments and currency use in commercial contracts. Other areas of interest will be the relationship between central authority and mint institutions, the role of government in controlling currency in rural areas, and the interaction between the spice trade and the balance of payments in the central areas of the Islamic Middle East. We will also study the mechanism of the fisher identity (MV = PT) in the context of commercialization and market transactions.
Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa 9-13 July 2012
We will need a definite commitment by the 31st of March. Abstracts will be due in late April.
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Worcester, MA 01609
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